Energy Efficiency Newsroom
Check this webpage regularly for regional and national news and information about building energy efficiency, energy code updates and development, and equipment efficiency standards.
Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation that extends the implementation date for all 2018 codes until November 1st, 2020. Here's a link to Proclamation 20.40.
POSTED - April 6th, 2020
2020 TRAINING FOR THE 2018 WSEC COMMERCIAL PROVISIONS
In response to recommendations by the WA State Department of Public Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be hosting classroom trainings until advised that it is safe for the general public to participate in large group events.
We anticipate kicking off our classroom training series in June-July 2020.
In the meantime, we are developing webinar training content that will provide a brief summary of key up-coming changes in the commercial 2018 WSEC.
Webinar and classroom training information is posted on the Education and Resources page under Technical Support.
Stay tuned for webinar dates in April 2020!
POSTED - March 16th, 2020
2018 WSEC - The new commercial energy code is here!
Commercial WSEC - The State Building Code Council has adopted the final language for the 2018 WSEC commercial provisions. Technical support for this new code this year will include classroom and webinar trainings, online compliance documentation tools and updates to our searchable FAQs. Check out our Newsroom and Technical Support webpages periodically for updates and opportunities for training. Here's a link to the SBCC website where the new commercial code is posted - 2018 WSEC Commercial.
Residential WSEC - The Council has also adopted the final language for the 2018 WSEC residential provisions. Here's a link to the SBCC website where the new residential code is posted - 2018 WSEC Residential. For residential technical support, contact WSU Energy Extension - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 WSEC will go into effect July 1st, 2020.
UPDATED - February 11th, 2020
ONLINE COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTATION TOOLS FOR ENVELOPE, LIGHTING & MECHANICAL ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
These new features for commercial include project specific WSEC provision checklists and online compliance documentation forms for envelope, lighting and mechanical.
Click on the My Projects page to explore this new compliance tool!
POSTED - February 7th, 2020
Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) - Washington Department of Commerce
CETA (SB 5116) was implemented in May 2019. It commits Washington to an eletricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
"CETA is a complex law requiring transformation of an essential service, electricity, and many agencies and stakeholders will work together to achieve its objectives. Commerce will work closely with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), which regulates the rates and service of investor-owned utilities. Other state agency partners include the state auditor and the departments of Ecology and Health.
More than 60 electric utilities must comply with CETA. Interested stakeholders represent business customers, low-income and vulnerable communities, consumers, environmental advocates and renewable energy developers." WA State Energy Office - WA Dept of Commerce
Click here for more information about CETA.
POSTED - February 7th, 2020
2015 WSEC Commercial - Permanent Rule changes effective July 1, 2019
The following permanent rule changes have been incorporated into the commercial 2015 WSEC. Refer to the following code sections in the Washington Administrative Code for the updated code language (see weblink on the WSEC Documents webpage). For replacement insert pages for these sections, visit the Washington State Building Code Council rulemaking website located here https://apps.des.wa.gov/sbcc/Page.aspx?nid=222.
Section C402.1.5 Component performance alternative - Clarifications and corrected language and section references in Equation 4-2 for the component performance UA trade-off calculation, including target area adjustment
Section C402.1.5.2 SHGC rate calculation - Clarifications and corrected language in Equation 4-3 for the component performance SHGC x A trade-off calculation for vertical fenestration and skylights. Clarifies that target area adjustment is allowed for SHGC x A.
Section C404.6 Insulation of piping - For service water heating systems, this amendment adds an exception clarifying that the final pipe run to a plumbing fixture is not required to be insulated provided the pipe run is not part of the heated-water circulation system.
C503.2 Change in space conditioning - Language amended to be consistent with amendments to C402.1.5 Component performance alternative.
C505.1 Change in occupancy or use - Language amended to be consistent with amendments to C402.1.5 Component performance alternative.
POSTED - July 7th, 2019
WSEC Commercial Technical Support - ETC
Evergreen Technology Consulting (ETC) is a new provider of commercial energy code technical support services for WA State. We provide classroom and online training, technical topic resources, on-line compliance documentation tools and on-call technical support.
Refer to the Contact Us page to reach our commercial energy code experts.